IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain Champion Gundlach will be hired by Dickinson County to design a lift for the Pine Mountain Ski Jump, a project that is required to meet international competition standards.
The county council voted 3-2 to accept a cost of no more than $ 19,500 for preliminary design-build services.
Without a lift, the Kiwanis Ski Club will not be able to host the Ski Jumping World Cup as planned for 2023, Commissioner Joe Stevens said.
Gundlach Champion also offers the lift as a tourist attraction.
President Henry Wender and Commissioner Ann Martin voted no as no representative from the ski club was present. Wender wants to be sure that the ski club will be able to carry out the project.
“I’m surprised they’re not here, frankly,” said Martin, who suggested postponing the action until the May 10 meeting.
Stevens noted that the preliminary design will take around two months, and it’s important to start the timeline.
Controller Brian Bousley, who expected the ski club to be represented, said the county was not committing to funding the lift or its tower. The elevator will access a newly built warm-up hut at the top of the jump.
Commissioner Barbara Kramer said the Dickinson Region Economic Development Alliance estimated the Continental Cup tournament would have an economic impact of $ 1.5 million for a single weekend.
Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. called the project “An investment in our future.”
In a March 9 letter to Bousley, Gundlach Champion said he would gather information from suppliers to understand and coordinate elevator requirements for tourists and athletes. A preliminary design for Kramer Road in ski jumping will be included, along with cost estimates and schedules, said Stanley Kaczmarek, president.
Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain and Integrated Designs of Marquette, two companies involved in the recent changes to ski jumping, will be part of the planning.
To meet International Ski Federation standards and secure the tournament’s future, the Kiwanis have undertaken a more than $ 3 million renovation of the historic jump. This year’s Continental Cup tournament has been canceled due to pandemic restrictions. The tentative date for a 2022 event is February 5-6.
The non-profit ski club is raising funds to help make up for lost revenue due to the cancellation of this year’s tournament and to reimburse the cost of rebuilding the ski jump.